The Lusa Blog is your resource for language and travel tips in Lisbon, general advice, and stories from our students and staff.

A guide to Portuguese coffee

Posted on December 9, 2019

If you know anything at all about Portugal, you know how much Portuguese people love their coffee. Portuguese coffee is considered one of the best in the world and there are plenty of options to choose from. Every city, village and small place in the country is filled with coffee shops where Portuguese people go for a quick coffee after lunch, to watch football or just talk to friend at the end of the day.
Surely you have thought about how similar are Spanish and Portuguese. Well, let us tell you something: not everything is what it seems. There are indeed many similarities but there’s also a lot of differences that you’ll discover in the next paragraphs. Both the Spanish and the Portuguese evolved from the Latin. The Iberian countries had the same language that evolved differently but kept a lot of similarities. That is the main reason why most
Learning a language is a long and difficult process and you won’t always feel motivated to do so, but listening to music can make learning more fun, and you never know which great singer you will find. Ready to give Portuguese music a chance and improve your knowledge? Music gets stuck in your head Everyone knows the feeling of having a song echoing in their heads all day long. Music is sticky and people tend

How do you say I love you in Portuguese?

Posted on February 14, 2019

It is Valentine’s Day, the day when the verb “to love” is used even more than usual in the English language. When speaking English we love everything and everyone. The same doesn’t happen in Portuguese as the word “love” is feared by many and used by most solely for incredibly important things. First things first: how do you say “I love you” in Portuguese? There’s plenty of ways to say we love/like something in Portuguese

Dates for the CAPLE exams are out now

Posted on January 29, 2019

The dates for the CAPLE exams are finally out and the first one is in less than a month from now. 23rd of February is the first date available to take the CIPLE exam (A2 level) at Universidade de Letras. These exams are for everyone older than 16 who do not have Portuguese as their first language, and can be done every LAPE center (check all the LAPE centers here). The CIPLE Exam (the one
It’s the beginning of a New Year and that means, for a lot of people, that it is time to create new routines and start to accomplish your New Year resolutions. When Christmas ends and we’re still eating the leftovers, we start thinking of things we want to do in the New Year. Let’s take a moment to look at the five most common New Year resolutions that you’re probably thinking of at this exact

A Merry Christmas in Portuguese

Posted on December 14, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. The time when families get together to eat way too much. The time to buy presents for everyone who is important for us and, of course, the time to listen to Mariah Carey. All around the world everyone who celebrates Christmas is excited for it (unless they’re related to Grinch) and, if you’re a language lover and are looking for some Christmas related vocabulary in Portuguese, fear not
Portugal isn’t a big country so you probably wouldn’t imagine that there are a lot of words and expressions that are different according to the place you are visiting. The most obvious differences are between Lisbon and Porto, but there are a lot of words that are used only in specific zones of the country. Drinks Going to a bar and asking for a beer might be tricky. If you’re in Lisbon you should ask

Our new partner – BookYourStudy

Posted on September 5, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have started cooperating with BookYourStudy company – a platform for booking educational services all over the world. Our mutual collaboration with BookYourStudy will increase the opportunities for many students, who are looking for educational programs abroad and want to have a detailed description of the courses, accommodation variants, dates, facilities, preparation for the trip, etc. All information is reliable and presented in Russian. BookYourStudy has a long-term experience

5 of Lisbon’s very best terraces

Posted on June 12, 2018

Summertime in Lisbon has arrived at last! Perhaps you’ve spent the day out in the glorious sunshine, exploring the tiny streets of Alfama or the bars of Bairro Alto, only to find yourself tired of walking and in desperate need of somewhere to rest your legs, relax, and catch the sunset as it falls over our beautiful city. Well then, you’re in luck! In Lisbon there are incredible terraces dotted all around its seven hills,
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